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Once Illegal, Telluride's Via Ferrata Becoming Popular

Visitors on Telluride's own two-mile "iron way" have reached 3,000 climbers.

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Famed Telluride climber and ironworker Chuck Kroger started building a via ferrata more than a decade ago—often under cover of darkness—and it never saw more than a few hundred people per summer. But the route, a two-mile traverse with bolts, ladders, and cables, has become more and more popular.